‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ originally premiered back in 2005 (!), which, after being renewed for a 13th and 14th season, makes it tied with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action sitcom in American Television history (in terms of number of seasons).
Now let’s go beat the Phillies brains in. Go Cubs.
We’re Going Streaking
The Chicago Cubs (64-54) have won a lot more than they’ve lost lately (7 for their last 10), but continue to either lose or split on the road. This division is theirs for the taking, but they have to go out and get it on the road.
The Philadelphia Phillies (60-58) could end up under .500 for the first time this season if this series doesn’t go their way. That’s what happens when you lose 5 of your last 6 games and go 13-15 since the All-Star break. They just fired their hitting coach, too.
Game Times and Broadcasts Info
- Tuesday, August 13th at 6:05 CT on NBCSCH, 670 The Score
- Wednesday, August 14th at 6:05 CT on NBCSCH, ESPN 670 The Score
- Thursday, August 15th at 6:05 CT on WGN, MLBN 670 The Score
Game 1: Jose Quintana (L) v. Jason Vargas (L)
Game 2: Cole Hamels (L) v. Aaron Nola (R)
Game 3: Yu Darvish (R) v. Drew Smyly (L)
- C – Victor Caratini/Jonathan Lucroy
- 1B – Anthony Rizzo
- 2B – Ian Happ
- 3B – Kris Bryant
- SS – Javy Baez
- LF – Kyle Schwarber
- CF – Jason Heyward
- RF – Nicholas Castellanos
Unavailable: Steve Cishek, Willson Contreras, Daniel Descalso, Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Kintzler, Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Morrow, Allen Webster, Ben Zobrist
- C – J.T. Realmuto
- 1B – Rhys Hoskins
- 2B – Cesar Hernandez
- 3B – Scott Kingery
- SS – Jean Segura
- LF – Corey Dickerson
- CF – Adam Haseley
- RF – Bryce Harper
Unavailable: Jay Bruce, Jared Eickhoff, Adam Morgan, Edubray Ramos, Victor Arano, Seranthony Dominguez, Tommy Hunter, Andrew McCutchen, Pat Neshek, David Robertson
Keep An Eye Out For …
Cubs Pitcher: Yu Darvish ultimately allowed 4 earned runs on 3 homers his last time out, but I’m not convinced he’s not still the dominant guy he has been in the second half. Indeed, for the third straight outing, Darvish walked exactly zero batters while striking out at least eight. He’s allowed just 2 walks against 53 strikeouts since the beginning of July. You don’t do that if you’re not ON.
Cubs Player: Javy Baez. A lot of Cubs are hot right now (Ian Happ, Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber, etc.), but Javier Baez is kinda flying under the radar. Since July 1st, Baez is slashing .303/.317/.570 (123 wRC+) with 8 homers, 12 doubles, and a triple. He’s also stolen four bases during that stretch and recored 24 RBI. In August, alone, he’s been even better: .333/.349/.690 (162 wRC+). He’s picked a good time to get hot. Let’s hope he stays that way.
Phillies Pitcher: Drew Smyly picked things up with the Phillies (after being traded to the Rangers by the Cubs over the offseason), and has had two really great outings against the Giants and Pirates (combined 13.0 IP, 8H 1ER, 3BB, 13Ks) and two pretty bad outings against the White Sox and Giants again (10.2 IP, 11H, 9ER, 4BB, 4Ks). He’s also allowed four homers through four games so far, but I’m willing to bet he brings a little something extra in his start against the Cubs.
Phillies Player: Bryce Harper is slashing .197/.367/.437 (109 wRC+) over his last 90 plate appearances. Obviously, that’s a cherry-picked cutoff date, but my god … what a weird slash line. The benefits of a 21.1% walk rate, I suppose. Get him out, Cubs. It’s not like he’s a generational hitter ….